Luke Evslin for Kaua'i County Council
 

Councilmember for Kaua’i and Ni’hau

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Policy Progress

Bank of America Settlement Resolution
Passed, April 10th, 2019
- Supporting the Governor’s efforts in urging the Bank of America to return to Hawai’i to meet with Na Po’e Kokua and the Hawai’i Fair Lending Coalition to reach a settlement agreement relating to a $150,000,000 loan commitment for native Hawaiians on Hawaiian Home Lands.
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Bill No. 2751
Signed into law July 8th, 2019
- Simplifying the long-term affordable rental program by removing the annual affidavit requirement for multi-year leases and allowing the homeowner to sign an affidavit that lasts the same duration as the lease.
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Bill No. 2756

In Process
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Provides access to existing beneficial property tax rates and exemptions to families with property with no living owners on title.
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Bill No. 2740
In Process
- Waives Zoning Permit Filing Fee and Processing Fee and sets up an ARU subsidy account within the current Housing Development Fund to subsidize the Facilities Reserve Charge (which can go as high as $14,150) for affordable ARUs.
For more info on all of the ARU bills…

Bill No. 2741
In Process
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Waives environmental impact assessment fee for affordable ARUs.

Bill No. 2742
In Process
- Extends the Housing Development Fund to allow it to be used for subsidizing the FRC for affordable ARUs.

Bill No. 2743
In Process
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Waives the Wastewater Treatment Capacity Fee ($3900) for ARUs.

Bill No. 2744
In Process
- Waives all building permit fees (which includes plumbing and electrical permits) for affordable ARUs.

Bill No. 2745
In Process
- Allows ARUs to be built within SPA-D (Rice St).

Bill No. 2755
In Process
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Removes minimum lot sizes for multifamily homes.
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About Luke

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Luke is dedicated to a life of public service. 

Born on Kauaʻi in 1984, he is the son of Dr. Lee and Micki Evslin. Luke grew up in Kapaʻa with his three older siblings Tanya, Noah, and Nathaniel. While in his final year at college he co-founded Kamanu Composites, the Oʻahu based outrigger canoe manufacturing company, with two of his closest friends from Kauaʻi High School.

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Issues & Opportunities

Housing

Housing costs are high because the supply isn’t meeting demand. To bring the cost of housing down, we need to build more homes and encourage more housing options, like ʻohana houses, apartments, and duplexes. This doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice Kauaʻi's character and quality of life. Instead of turning more open space and agricultural land into housing developments, we need to strengthen our town centers and revitalize existing communities. Read More...


Economy

Kauaʻi is more dependent on tourism than any other island in Hawaiʻi. It is imperative that we expand our economy without expanding the number of visitors to our island. The county council needs to make it easier for farmers and manufacturers to start and grow their businesses. And we must ease onerous restrictions that make it difficult for families to run businesses from their homes.  Read More...


Climate Change

Climate change and rising sea levels are an existential threat to our island. We need to get to zero carbon emissions by the second half of this century. The good news is that we can achieve many of our climate goals by taking measures that improve the quality of life for our people. Research shows the four areas local governments can influence the most are moving the grid towards 100 percent renewables, increasing the livable density of our towns to reduce our reliance on cars, making buildings more efficient, and producing less solid waste. Read More...


Traffic

Traffic comes with huge costs. But simply building new roads is not the solution. The only way to reduce the amount of time we spend driving is to create communities that do not require people to get in their car every time they need to run an errand, visit a neighbor, or go to work. We can't expect anyone to take the bus, walk, or ride a bike unless we create communities that make these options fast, efficient, comfortable, and safe. Read More...